A Taste of Hunger

Carsten (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Maggie (Katrine Greis-Rosenthal) are happy parents of two children and run their own gourmet restaurant. This couple has almost everything. They only need the coveted Michelin star, which they are striving so hard to get. One day Carsten receives a letter saying that his wife loves someone else. But who sent the letter and why? In this sensuous film, you will get a striking impression of how food and romance are this drama’s strongest ingredients. In a well-played and aesthetically pleasing flick, which brings out the couple’s continuous search for the ultimate recognition, who forgets that the meals in life are best enjoyed together.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Smagen af sult
  • Director
    Christoffer Boe
  • Producer
    Louise Vesth, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Ida Harder, Lizette Jonjic, Maj-Britt Paulmann
  • Writers
    Christoffer Boe, Tobias Lindholm
  • Photo
    Manuel Alberto Claro
  • Actors
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Charlie Gustafsson, Katrine Greis-Rosenthal, Dag Malmberg, Nicolas Bro, Flora Augusta
  • Playtime
    1 h 44 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    15 years
  • Distributor
    Tour de Force

Alma

Five years after the shooting started, the Icelandic Alma is complete. This is the last film with the award-winning Emmanuelle Riva, who died in 2017.

The result is an icy and engaging work. Here we are introduced to three-year-old Alma, who comes to Iceland with her mother after fleeing a war-torn country. Now, 25 years later, Alma is in a psychiatric ward for murdering her boyfriend. A crime she cannot remember. But when she discovers that her boyfriend is still alive, Alma decides to escape and kill him. We get to know the shy, mysterious and brutal side of Alma. Her complex nature opens up for cosmic sensory impressions and invites us to an enchanting journey in sterile rooms and beautiful natural images.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Alma
  • Director
    Kristín Jóhannesdóttir
  • Producer
    Guðrún Edda Þórhannesdóttir
  • Writers
    Kristín Jóhannesdóttir
  • Photo
    Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
  • Actors
    Snæfríður Ingvarsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Kristbjörg Kjeld, Snorri Engilbertsson, Emmanuelle Riva, Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir
  • Playtime
    1 h 40 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Iceland
  • Age limit
    12 years
  • Production
    Evil Doghouse Productions, Duo Productions
  • Distributor
    Europafilm

Clara Sola

The debut film by the half-Swedish / half-Costa Rican Nathalie Álvarez takes us to a remote village in Costa Rica. Here we meet Clara, an introverted woman in her forties, who lives with her deeply religious mother and her niece, who is in her teens. Clara is also a virgin and is more comfortable being near her white mare Yuca, than with men. In the film, she is like an allegory to the Virgin Mary. Clara gets a sexual and mysterious awakening when she embarks on a journey to free herself from the religious and social conventions that have ruled her life until now. Clara Sola is a symbolic work of art – straight from Cannes 2021 – with magical realism and lyrical atmosphere.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Clara Sola
  • Director
    Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
  • Producer
    Nima Yousefi, Anne-Laure Guégan, Antoine Liétout, Alan McConnell, Marcelo Quesada
  • Writers
    Maria Camila Arias, Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
  • Photo
    Sophie Winqvist
  • Actors
    Ana Julia Porras Espinoza, Daniel Castañeda Rincón, Wendy Chinchilla Araya, Flor María Vargas Chavez
  • Playtime
    1 h 46 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Sweden, Costa Rica, Belgium, Germany
  • Age limit
    12 years

Compartment No. 6

Juho Kuosmanen won the top prize award during the Un Certain program in Cannes in 2016 with The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki. Now he is back and this year he won the Grand Prix in Cannes (together with A Hero). In Compartment No. 6, he takes us on a meditative journey. It starts in Moscow in the 90s, in a smoky apartment with a smell of cognac. Here lives the Finnish student Laura, who is going to Murmansk the next day to look at petroglyphs. Laura gets on the train and befriends the rough Russian Vadim. In this train compartment, they get to know each other and create an unlikely friendship. This journey will change their perspective on life. Compartment No. 6 is a warm, bittersweet and atmospheric gem.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Hytti nro 6
  • Director
    Juho Kuosmanen
  • Producer
    Sergey Selyanov, Sol Bondy, Riina Sildos, Jussi Rantamäki, Natalya Drozd, Jamila Wenske
  • Writers
    Andris Feldmanis, Livia Ulman, Juho Kuosmanen
  • Photo
    Jani-Petteri Passi
  • Actors
    Seidi Haarla, Yuriy Borisov, Dinara Drukarova, Dmitry Belenikhin, Polina Aug, Yuliya Aug
  • Playtime
    1 h 47 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Finland, Russia, Estonia, Germany
  • Age limit
    9 years

Flee

Amin has everything. A great education, success and the love of his life. But when his boyfriend, Kasper, proposes he is overcome with anxiety. For not even Kasper knows Amin’s secret. And for Amin to live the life he wants, the secret needs to be told. He has to confront his past.

This journey takes Amin back to a happy childhood in 80’s Kabul with a-ha and posters of 80’s actionheros. And a vicious civil war, changing a picturesque childhood into a nightmare. At 11 Amin flees Afghanistan with his family, but five years later he arrives in Denmark all alone.

Flee is a beautiful documentary using animation to paint a moving picture of Amin’s story. The film premiered at Sundance, where it also won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary category.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Flugt
  • Director
    Jonas Poher Rasmussen
  • Producer
    Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • Writers
    Jonas Poher Rasmussen
  • Photo
    Mauricio Gonzalez-Aranda
  • Actors
    Rashid Aitouganov
  • Playtime
    1 h 29 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    12 years
  • Production
    Final Cut for Real
  • Distributor
    Mer Film

Laughing Matters

Maria is recently unemployed and feels a little lost in her life. She takes part in a stand-up class in an attempt to revitalize herself after failing as a writer. She is in a pub and sees a nasty man come up with raucous, male chauvinistic jokes. As a result of that, she chooses to work hard in her standup style. By getting back at him with her own critical voice. Maria ends up on a competition tour for beginners and here she meets the same nasty guy she met that one night. Laughing Matters is a Finnish “road movie” with feminist undertones.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Naurun varjolla
  • Director
    Reetta Aalto
  • Producer
    Sari Lempiäinen
  • Writers
    Anna Ruohonen
  • Photo
    Jarkko Virtanen
  • Actors
    Elena Leeve, Joonas Saartamo, Ernest Lawson, Aino Sirje
  • Playtime
    1 h 28 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Finland
  • Age limit
    12 years
  • Production
    Zodiak Finland
  • Distributor
    The Finnish Film Foundation

Pleasure

We join the inside of the porn industry in this work by Swedish Ninja Thyberg. The 20-year-old Bella Cherry leaves the small town life in Sweden and crosses the Atlantic to become the next big porn star. She lands in Los Angeles and is quickly met with uncertainty. The whole film is based on the questions of consent. In some cases she experiences care and respect, while in others she feels like a piece of meat that can be maltreated. Do you sign the devil’s contract as you enter this industry and what intrigues happen when the cameras are turned off? Pleasure can offer a brilliant character development in a very uncomfortable industry.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Pleasure
  • Director
    Ninja Thyberg
  • Producer
    Papa Boye
  • Writers
    Peter Modestij, Ninja Thyberg
  • Photo
    Sophie Winqvist
  • Actors
    Sofia Kappel, Revika Anne Reustle, Evelyn Claire, Chris Cock
  • Playtime
    1 h 49 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Age limit
    18 years
  • Distributor
    SF Studios

The Gravedigger’s Wife

Screenwriter and director Khadar Ahmed, born in Somalia but living in Finland, gives us a film that takes place in Djibouti, Africa. Guled and Nasra live outside the capital with their son Mahad. Guled works as a gravedigger, so he literally waits for people to die to work. However, they are facing difficult times: Nasra needs expensive surgery to treat a chronic kidney disease. How will they find the money to save Nasra? The Gravedigger’s Wife gives us a beautiful and well-played family relationship and explains how money is the catalyst between life and death. The work is also beautifully photographed by Arttu Peltomaa, with soft yellow tones in this warm and sunny landscape.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Guled & Nasra
  • Director
    Khadar Ahmed
  • Producer
    Thanassis Karathanos, Stéphane Parthenay, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari, Robin Boespflug-Vonier, Risto Nikkilä, Stéphane Parthenay
  • Writers
    Khadar Ahmed
  • Photo
    Arttu Peltomaa
  • Actors
    Omar Abdi, Yasmin Warsame, Kadar Adboul-Aziz Ibrahim
  • Playtime
    1 h 22 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Finland
  • Age limit
    9 years

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

Director Luchino Visconti struggled to find the perfect child actor for his next film, Death in Venice. He found Björn Andresen and at the world premiere, Visconti proclaimed his star Björn as “the world’s most beautiful boy”. A shadow that today, 50 years later, weighs Björn’s life. This is a tragic documentary that addresses the film industry’s exploitation of child actors. Björn had an unknown father, lost his mother at a young age and was raised by his grandmother. This tearful film uses a lot of archive material and film from Björn’s life today. It will make you think of today’s young movie stars, and hope they have caring people around them. Something that Björn did not have.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Världens vackraste pojke
  • Director
    Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri
  • Producer
    Stina Gardell
  • Writers
    Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri
  • Photo
    Erik Vallsten
  • Actors
    Björn Andrésen
  • Playtime
    1 h 33 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Age limit
    All ages admitted
  • Production
    Mantaray Film
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Wild Men

Deep in the Norwegian wilderness we find the Dane Martin (Rasmus Bjerg) dressed as a Viking, wandering into a store to exchange fur for groceries. He has a midlife crisis and chooses to live as our ancestors did. He meets Musa (Zaki Youssef), a drug smuggler fleeing across the border. All this is being investigated by a policeman (Bjørn Sundquist) who is looking for a tracking dog, only to be informed that it “does not work today”. The dark and subtle Scandinavian humor shines through. The script has energy! This Scandinavian comedy has a beautiful Norwegian mountain landscape as a backdrop in an absurd film that wraps modern masculinity into several layers – from fragile and modest to toxic and old-fashioned.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Vildmænd
  • Director
    Thomas Daneskov
  • Producer
    Lina Flint
  • Writers
    Thomas Daneskov, Morten Pape
  • Photo
    Jonatan Rolf Mose
  • Actors
    Rasmus Bjerg, Zaki Youssef, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofie Gråbøl, Marco Ilsø, Jonas Bergen Rahmanzadeh
  • Playtime
    1 h 38 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    12 years
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Wolka

Anna is released from a Polish prison after serving 15 years for murder. She wants to deal with some past events and sets herself a goal. Finding a woman named Dorota. To achieve this, she must go on an unforeseen journey to Iceland. What dark secrets does our heroine hide, and what is the real purpose of the visit? One thing is for sure – it’s not safe on this island anymore. This psychological thriller takes the atmosphere of the Scandinavian crime novels and gives it an Eastern European twist. The heroine is like a Polish Lisbeth Salander. A strong and uncompromising woman who drives this intense story.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Wolka
  • Director
    Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson
  • Producer
    Hilmar Sigurðsson, Beggi Jónsson
  • Writers
    Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, Michał Godzic
  • Photo
    Marek Rajca
  • Actors
    Olga Bołądź, Eryk Lubos, Anna Moskal
  • Playtime
    1 h 40 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Iceland
  • Age limit
    15 years
  • Production
    Sagafilm